These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Wipe Out
Crowning Moment of Awesome: Scoring a plasma bolt hit in 2097. Made anticlimactically easy in the third game and in the games after that, the weapon no longer did instant kill damage.
Crowning Music of Awesome: Almost the entire soundtrack from each game. CoLD SToRAGE really left his mark on gaming culture through these games. Here are some examples from every game of the series, just to name a few of the VERY WIDE range of epic electro, house, drum n bass, dubstep, techno and trance tunes:
1: "Messij", "Doh T", "Cairodrome" and "Operatique" by CoLD SToRAGE; "Afro Ride" by Leftfield; "P.E.T.R.O.L." by Orbital (which would later become the unofficial Theme Song of the series); "Chemical Beats" by The Chemical Brothers
2097: ''We Have Explosive" by The Future Sound of London; "Firestarter" by The Prodigy; "The Third Sequence" and "Titan" by Photek; "Loops of Fury" by the The Chemical Brothers; "Musique" by Daft Punk; "Atom Bomb" and "V Six" by Fluke
3: "Control" and "Surrender" by MKL; "Lethal Cut" by Propellerheads; "Kittens" by Underworld; "Know Where To Run" by Orbital; surely every song by DJ Sasha that appeared in the game (his song "Xpander" is considered to be the best song that appeared in the entire series!)
Fusion: "Smartbomb (Plump DJs Remix)" by BT; "Big Groovy Fucker" (censored as Big Groovy Funker in the game) by Plump DJs; "Bolt Up" by Luke Slater; "Sick" by Utah Saints; "Krushyn" by Elite Force; "Bassheads" by Cut La Roc
Pure: "Crafty Youth" by Tayo Meets Acidrockers Uptown; "C Note" by Photek; "We Got Juice" by Friendly; "Black Jack 3" by Plump DJs; "Kinection" by Cosmos; "Flu-Shot" by LFO (NOT the three man pop-rock band!); "Hellion" by Ming + FS; "Ignition" by Paul Hartnoll of Orbital; "Cross The Line" by Elite Force; "Goldrush" by Tiesto (yes, the ultra famous Dutch DJ!!!); "Naks Acid" by Aphex Twin
Pulse: "Flat-Out" by Dopamine; "Steady Rush" by Booka Shade; "Frontline" by Ed Rush & Optical & Matrix; "Fenix Funk 5" by Aphex Twin; the epic house remix of "Aerodynamik" by Kraftwerk; "Seven Stitches" by Noisia; "Suspicious Thoughts" by Skream; "Chemical" by Move Ya & Steve Lavers; "City Lights (Martin Buttich Remix)" by Loco Dice
HD: Some of the best songs from Pulse appeared in the game, but the Fury DLC added 6 new songs, of which the most awesome are: "Machine Gun" by Noisia, "Acetone" by The Crystal Method; "Swagger" by Gingy; "Just Hiss" by Spector
2048: "School of Funk" by Dirtyloud; "Breezeblock" by Camo & Krooked; "BTKRSH" by Rockwell; "Change of Direction" by Anile; "Regurgitate" by Noisia; "Electronic Battle Weapon 3" by The Chemical Brothers; "Invaders Must Die (Liam H's Re Amped Remix)" by The Prodigy; "Some Chords" by Deadmau5
Even the two menu songs, "Tour De France 2003 (Etape 2)" by Kraftwerk and "Beelzedub" by Orbital, also count.
Cult Classic: The series hasn't really catched into the mainstream, but mantains a very devoted cult following.
Even Better Sequel: 2097 introduced a load of innovative concepts that were so highly praised by critics that they still remain in the series' modern iterations, namely the ability for ships to be destroyed, a few game-enhancing weapons and pick-ups, such as the auto-pilot, the plasma bolt and the quake disruptor, and of course, Phantom class.
Game Breaker: Each game had one from 2097 onwards. The Piranha ship in 2097, the Assegai in 3, yet again the Piranha in Fusion, the Triakis in Pure, again the Assegai in Pulse, the Goteki 45 in HD and the AG-Systems Speed in 2048.
Good Bad Bugs: Triakis cornering deceleration rate in Pure are bugged, making them too agile for a heavy craft. Later games even retcon this.
Freud Was Right: Any of single-hull AG craft, especially post-Fusion FEISAR's and Piranha, if you will...
Image Song: The fans went even as far to give theme songs to each team in the series. Heavy YMMV here: